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Families seek help as 9 go missing trying to illegally enter US, Gujarat HC responds

Updated: Aug 25th, 2023

Updated on Aug 25, 5.40 p.m.

Gujarat HC asks for a response along with a report from centre

In a PIL filed in the Gujarat high court, the HC has directed union external affairs ministry to connect with Indian embassies abroad. It has also asked for a report about efforts done to bring the nine missing Indians back.

The PIL, filed by relatives, sought the HC’s intervention and directions to the Indian authorities to help find the missing people to bring back to India.

A desperate plea for legal intervention has reached the Gujarat High Court, as relatives of nine individuals, who mysteriously vanished seven months ago while attempting to enter the US illegally, seek answers and action.

In a compelling move to uncover the truth, the families’ attorney filed a PIL, appealing to the bench led by the chief justice.

The court was urged to expedite the proceedings, given the potentially life-threatening situation faced by the missing persons.

The high court has since sought a response from the government.

According to the FIR lodged by Bharat Rabari's wife at the Prantij police station, the drama unfolded when Rabari was lured by agents, Divyesh Patel and Mahendra Patel, with the promise of a US Work Permit Visa. 

Falling prey to their scheme, Rabari agreed to pay them a staggering Rs 70 lakh, handing over Rs 20 lakh initially and committing to pay the balance upon successful arrival in the US.

Police investigations reveal that Rabari and eight other individuals, including two women, embarked on a perilous journey that led them through Amsterdam, the Port of Spain, and Dominica.

The missing persons have been identified as Ankit Patel from Gandhinagar; Kiran Patel from Mehsana; Avani Jeetendra Patel from Gandhinagar; Sudhir Patel from Mehsana; Pratik Patel from Kheda, Nikhil Patel from Mehsana; Champa Vasava from Ahmedabad (originally from Mehsana); Dhruvrajsinh Vaghela from Gandhinagar, and Bharat Rabari from Sabarkantha.

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(Source: IANS)

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